What--rip out that $10,000 carpet to sell the house? That's what I told Rhinebeck New York clients to do and the house sold!

Home Stager with HouseSetters Home Staging Services

Recently I told Rhinebeck, New York clients to rip out the carpet that went up the stairs and through the upstairs hallway. When selling your house neutrality is king!!

Sometimes when I do a staging consultation I have the unpleasant task of telling a client to remove window treatment that they paid a fortune for or rip out expensive woolen carpet that is too unusual. I cringe when I am challenged with this situation but the client is paying for the best advice and I feel obligated to give it. With window treatments it isn't too bad because I tell them to save them in case the buyer wants them. With carpeting it is a different story--once it's ripped out it's ripped out!

I keep in mind that it is all about creating universal appeal and anything that distracts or puts off the potential buyer should be removed. The client will hopefully see that the expense to take their home from "all about them" to "all about everyone" pays off!

carpet in hallway    neutral carpet in hallway


Comments (8)

Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

That carpet looks like it belongs in a Las Vegas Casino Hotel.  You made the right call Linda.

Apr 21, 2011 02:03 PM
Rodney Mason
Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611 - Atlanta, GA
VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN

That carpet would definitely only appeal to certain tastes.

Apr 21, 2011 02:07 PM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Linda - good call and thank goodness they listened to you and got rid of that stuff!

Apr 24, 2011 05:34 PM
Linda Esposito
HouseSetters Home Staging Services - Rhinebeck, NY
NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor

Thanks for your comments Rodney, Jim and Barbara! Yes, the house was on the market for six months with only a low-ball offer. Changing the carpet and bringing in furniture got the house sold!

Apr 25, 2011 12:41 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Linda -  the end result is getting the home sold, so if your advise acheive that goal the homeowner should be happy you were not afraid to deliver tough medicine:)

Apr 27, 2011 04:51 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great advice.  Yes, you definitely need to go neutral.  Even better if there is hardwood underneath.  Refinishing improves value and costs less than recarpeting, esp w/ all the carpet price increases.

Apr 27, 2011 11:18 PM
Linda Esposito
HouseSetters Home Staging Services - Rhinebeck, NY
NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor

Thanks Jennifer and Debbie. Yes, I LOVE hardwood too and always look to see what is under the old carpet first! Unfortunately, for this Rhinebeck listing, we only had sub-flooring.

Apr 29, 2011 12:10 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Ugly carpet never sold a house! Ugly paint never sold a house! Ugly just does not sell and it sometimes takes a stager to get the point across....like a doctor telling someone to lose weight as opposed to some stranger! I guess I just made you a doctor of "stagery!"

May 05, 2011 12:46 AM